Mergers and Acquisitions in Latin America: New opportunities in a changing scenario

15 Mar - 17 Mar 2017

Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel & Convention Center

Session information

Simultaneous session - Antitrust: present and future
Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel & Convention Center


Corporate Law Section (Lead)
Corporate and M&A Law Committee (Lead)
Latin American Regional Forum (Lead)
Legal Practice Division (Lead)
Regional Fora (Lead)
Regional Fora (Lead)


Over the last few decades, antitrust has emerged and evolved in Latin America with new laws and regulations in almost all jurisdictions. Most Latin American countries now have antitrust regulations, many with years of experience in competition law. Some countries’ ‘2.0’ regulations that have taken the influence from the EU and the US – leniency programmes, the criminalisation of cartels, compliance and mandatory merger reviews – are all part of the landscape. All those elements have definitely changed the way of doing business in Latin America. This panel will review the current status of the major antitrust regulations in different Latin American countries, and the challenges that these developments will bring: not only for the regulators but also for law firms and clients. Session Co-Chairs Benjamin Grebe, Prieto, Santiago; Young Council Liaison Officer, IBA Latin American Regional Forum Michael J Reynolds, Allen & Overy, Brussels and London; IBA Honorary Life Member of Council and Association Speakers Carles Esteva-Mosso, DG Competition European Commission, Brussels Esteban Manuel Greco, President, Comision Nacional de Defensa de la Competencia (CNDC), Buenos Aires Antonio Guerra, Uria Menendez Abogados, Madrid Ana Paula Martinez, Levy & Salomão Advogados, São Paulo Janet McDavid, Hogan Lovells, Washington, DC; Co-Chair, IBA Antitrust Committee Jose Gregorio Torrealba, Hoet Pelaez Castillo & Duque, Caracas Enrique Vergara, President, Tribunal de Defensa de la Libre Competencia (TDLC), Santiago

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Benjamin Grebe Prieto Abogados, Santiago, Chile; Scholarship Officer, Latin American Regional Forum
Michael Reynolds Allen & Overy, Brussels, Belgium; Honorary Life Member of IBA Council and Association


Carles Esteva Mosso European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
Jose Gregorio Gregorio Torrealba Lega Abogados, Caracas, Venezuela
Antonio Guerra Uria Menendez, Madrid, Spain
Esteban Manuel Greco Comision Nacional de Defensa de la Competencia, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Ana Paula Martinez Levy & Salomão Advogados, São Paulo, Brazil
Janet McDavid Hogan Lovells International LLP, Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Co-Chair, Antitrust Section